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"Triggers are not only relevant to sexual misconduct, but also anything that may cause trauma. Be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heteroism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression…” (an excerpt from a draft circulated by students at Oberlin College, requesting professors to place trigger warnings in their syllabuses.)
I was so enraged, reading this front page article in The Times on Sunday, I was shaking. Who do these kids think they are? Do they THINK, at all? The tyranny of it. The ignorance. I mean, what the fuck is the point of education if it isn’t to trigger, to provoke, to incite…. Emotions, argument, debate, uncertainty?
Life is not like driving with air bags. It hurts. And there’s very little to cushion the blows. Life is about intolerance and pain and very ugly truths. Of course, it is also about joy and courage and love and change. And this is what a great education prepares you for. Life. So stop reducing it to endless ‘ism’s’ and get out there and LIVE it!
Mesmerized by the elevator footage. And ashamed of myself. Thinking what a hideous life it must be, to live in the public eye. Particularly these days when we have all become that EYE; when the whole concept of privacy seems to have mutated/morphed into this strange new ‘culture’ of sharing. Is there anything left we don’t share? Photos, playlists, apps, sexual orientations, office space, secrets, opinions/feelings about food, teachers, movies, books, lovers. I mean, what incredible irony. We who so loathe the idea/the reality of government surveillance; of security cameras tracking our every move. I hated myself, every time I clicked replay at TMZ, yesterday. I did. I felt like an emotional rubbernecker. But sometimes, i fear that this is what the culture of sharing has created—a world of emotional rubberneckers.